11 November 2014

Kilot 53R

At the time of speaking of Kilot pens I left aside the detailed description of one of the examples of this brand. Nothing else, though, can I add about the pen operation behind it and my only source of information is the pen itself.

This red Kilot pen is an obvious copy of the well-known Pilot 53R—a very classic look, plastic parts, golden-looking nib… However, for the filling system, the Kilot opted for the easier aerometric over the lever filler or the eyedropper chosen by Pilot.

The Kilot in between two Pilot 53R.

The Kilot nib is made of steel, but is gold plated. It does not show the JIS mark, although it is engraved with its own logo, remarkably similar to that of Pilot.

The Kilot nib --on the red pen-- compared to a "manifold" nib of a Pilot 53R-T. The Pilot nib is, on this case, made of 14 K gold. Other than that, these two nibs are very similar. The engraving on the Kilot pen reads "KILOT / MADE IN JAPAN / HARDGILT / -<3>-".

The “kikuza” clip, also engraved with the brand name, is another point in common with the pilot original, albeit this clip design was also used by some other brands, and not only by Pilot.

The "kikuza" (chrysanthemum) clip.

The barrel is also signed: “KILOT / THE KILOT PEN (K logo) MFG. CO. LTD. / MADE IN JAPAN”. That inscription is again a copy of the Pilot inscription in many a pen of the time—just change the K for a P, and everything would look like the original pen.

Again, the Kilot pen is in between two Pilot 53R models. The inscriptions on all three of them are basically the same, with a K instead of a P for the Kilot. The logo of the Kilot is a K encircled by a hexagon.

In view of all this, we can conclude this pen was a very intentional copy of one of the successful pens of the time, by the end of 1950s. But despite being a copy, this is a correct pen, and keeps on being perfectly usable after all these years. All the parts fit well and do not show any obvious problem.

These are its dimensions:
  • Length closed: 122 mm
  • Length open: 108 mm
  • Lendth posted: 142 mm
  • Diameter: 13 mm
  • Weight: 13.1 g (dry)
  • Ink deposit: 0.8 ml

This Kilot pen poses an interesting question (once again)--is it a dishonest copy or the K, of Kilot, instead of the P, Pilot, is enough to redeem it?

Platinum pocket pen, Pt alloy nib – Platinum Black

Bruno Taut
Nakano, October 3rd, 2014
etiquetas: Pilot, Kilot


Bana Sıkça Yaz said...

And it is funny to say it. Because kilot (actually kulot but the pronunciation is nearly the same) means panties in Turkish :) Just a trivia :p

wryan8 said...

Just acquired a Kilot with a Gold colored cap, blue grey barrel, black section, Gold Nib (?) that says: Kilot, Made in Japan, HardGilt, aeromatic filler. I have over 100 pens and this was at the top of the bummer list, scratchy X 10, would not flow, impossible. Mr Micromesh and Mr Exacto knife turned it into a decent writing instrument. It looks like a Pilot 53R, feels like a 53R, writes like a 53R, has a bit of flex. With a tummy full of Hero Washable Blue ink it is just fine. It will reside with my Soviet Parker 21's.

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